Talking with your Children Following a Tragic Event

Dear Methow Valley Students, Parents, Staff, and Community Members,

Like so many, I too find myself deeply saddened by the tragic news of the school shooting that took place in Texas today. As a community that loves and cares for its youth, to suggest such a senseless event is heartbreaking is a huge understatement.

Student and staff safety at school is our top priority. We work in partnership with our students, parents, counselors, mental health care providers, local law enforcement officials, and social service agencies to ensure our schools are safe, welcoming places for all students, families, and community members. In addition to staff training, visitor management protocols, security cameras, and controlled access to our facilities, this includes a strong emphasis on building a culture where every student feels valued, respected, and dignified.

When tragic events like this occur, it challenges all of us to know how to discuss these issues with our children. With this in mind, I want to share some resources with you that may be of assistance to you as you attempt to help your children cope with the news of this event. As a place to begin, I recommend visiting these websites:

School safety and crisis, National Association of School Psychologists
Talking to children about violence, National Association of School Psychologists

If you, your student, and/or family is in need of additional support, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our school counselors and administrative staff.

Sincerely,

Tom Venable
Superintendent, Methow Valley School District